Re: Lockdown blues
Posted by Lannis on November 2, 2020, 4:04 pm, in reply to "Re: Lockdown blues"
I guess it's a matter of "What do you Fear?". |
This, us group of guys who ride antique motorcycles, almost brakeless by modern standards, slow compared to modern traffic, and facing possibly structural metal fatigue every time we ride, is a fairly unique group, and it's worth discussing in that context.
We have done things, and do things, on roads and racetracks that 95% of the population would NEVER consider doing, because "it's too dangerous".
We ALL know people that have been killed, maimed, and injured on motorcycles. We KNOW it can happen to us no matter how careful we are.
And yet we do it anyway. We do NOT stay ensconced behind dual side air bags in a Mercedes sedan. We ride motorcycles, and accept the danger, because we want to LIVE, and not hide in fear because we might possibly get hurt or killed doing it.
Given that ... What do I fear about COVID?
I completely discount the government and expert requirements, data, and information. They lie to me every day about things that I can SEE are lies, and they do it over and over again even when their lies are exposed, and even when their predictions about the climate, the elections, crime, natural resources, and human behavior fail miserably, time after time after time.
So what do I SEE and EXPERIENCE that would make me fear COVID to the degree that I would withdraw myself from normal human interaction? There are about 1200 people in my church, for example; we have about 600 people at a time in the services. We don't wear masks. So far, FIVE people are COVID "cases", NOBODY has been to the hospital, NOBODY has died. My wife has ONE third cousin 20 miles away, a very heavy man with diabetes and asthma, who had COVID and was in the hospital for a week. Fay's brother and niece, 600 miles away, had COVID, resulting in mild sniffles, and done. In our county of 16,000 people, there are supposedly 120 COVID "cases", FIVE hospitalizations, NO deaths.
I'm 66 years old. I don't want to fall off of my motorcycle. I've SEEN people break bones, lose skin and muscle when their protective gear was overwhelmed. I KNOW how bad it would hurt, and that it might kill me. I've SEEN dead motorcyclists after a wreck. But I ride motorcycles anyway, accepting the risk even though motorcycling is NOT an "essential life need", like eating or working for a living might be.
Conversely, I have not SEEN any COVID dead people. I've HEARD about a few. I had a case of the actual flu 18 years ago, two weeks after I got the one and only flu shot I've ever had, and it wasn't pleasant, but it wasn't life-changing.
I do not consider COVID a deadly risk to my life, at all, any more than I consider lightning, a grizzly bear attack, a suicide bomber, or a falling tree a deadly risk that would cause me to suspend my normal life.
You, of course, living in a different place, at a different time of your life, with different health issues, and a different set of fears, will feel differently.
But that's why.